Classes and workshops
- Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, will host a weekly tai chi class. 2 p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202-726-2080.
- Guy Mason Recreation Center will offer a weekly “Gentle Gyrokinesis” class to improve posture, balance and agility. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
- An art class for adults will focus on basic drawing instruction and free drawing practice. 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Instructor Andrea McCabe will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- The Poets on the Fringe will host a weekly poetry workshop to critique participants’ poems. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Instructor Tara Bishop will lead a weekly “Yoga for All” restorative yoga practice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
- The Goethe-Insitut Washington and the D.C. Public Library will present “DuPunk Underground,” featuring Heavy Breathing, Die Nerven and Hand Grenade Job. 7 p.m. $7. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- The Evenings With Extraordinary Artists series will feature cabaret performer Steve Ross in an eclectic program including songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and Noel Coward with a special nod to the incomparable Fred Astaire. 7 p.m. $25; reservations required by Oct. 24. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
- Washington Performing Arts will present Orchestra Dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and pianist Martha Argerich performing Respighi’s quintessentially Italian symphonic poems “Fountains of Rome” and “Pines of Rome.” 8 p.m. $45 to $115. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
Discussions and lectures
- National Museum of Women in the Arts digital editorial associate Emily Haight will discuss a sampling of works in the museum’s collection. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- Dalia F. Fahmy and Daanish Faruqi will discuss their book “Egypt and the Contradictions of Liberalism.” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will meet. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Cécile Whiting, professor of art history and visual studies at the University of California, Irvine, will discuss “The Panorama and the Globe: Expanding the American Landscape in World War II.” 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- Riley Temple will discuss his latest book “Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson’s Ten Plays of Twentieth-century Black America.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- The World Affairs Council will present a talk by Frank Sesno, an Emmy-winning journalist and director of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University, on his book “More: The Power of Questions.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hemisphere Suites, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. worldaffairsdc.org.
- Giada Arney and Shawn Domagal-Goldman, astrobiologists at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will discuss “Pale Rainbow Dots: The Search for Other Earths.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988.
- Sebastian Smee, art critic at The Boston Globe and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2011, will discuss “Art and Darkness: The Benefits and Otherwise of Being in the Dark,” about art that makes use of shadow and darkness. 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street lobby at 6 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The Sibley Institute of Bone and Joint Health will present an educational seminar on “Custom Knee Replacements: Who’s a Candidate?” with Dr. Marc Connell, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and joint replacement. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Building A, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-660-6789.
- Simba Sana — co-founder and former leader of Karibu Books, a major indie-bookselling phenomenon and perhaps the most successful black-owned company in the history of the book industry — will discuss his memoir “Never Stop.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Witmore will discuss William Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” 6:30 p.m. $20. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- Jonathan Eig will discuss his book “Ali: A Life” — about Muhammad Ali as athlete, resistor and cultural icon — in conversation with Kevin Merida. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Jerry Yellin will discuss his book “The Last Fighter Pilot,” a harrowing first-person account of war from one of America’s last living World War II veterans. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. 202-265-6280.
- Philip Baruth will discuss his book “Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
- Columbia University professor Simon Schama will discuss his book “The Story of the Jews, Volume Two: Belonging: 1492-1900.” 7 p.m. $18; $42 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-838-3006.
- The Reel Israel DC series will present Meni Yaesh’s 2016 thriller “Our Father,” about a morally conflicted nightclub bouncer with frustrated dreams of becoming a father who finds himself entangled in the Israeli underworld. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
Performances and readings
- Small Water Woman will present a live poetry performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Laugh Index Theatre will present “Three’s Comedy,” featuring three types of comedy. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
- Dwayne Lawson-Brown will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- The Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a brief ceremony and wreath presentation to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, a major naval engagement during the Guadalcanal campaign in the Pacific Theater of World War II. 11:30 a.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. wwiimemorialfriends.org.
- The Dumbarton House will host a fall festival with music, a pumpkin carving contest, a photo booth, family friendly activities, snacks and beverages. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org/events.
- U.S. Botanic Garden gardener Chelsea McKinley will lead a “Phenomenal Plants” tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s medicinal plants collection. 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Medicinal Plants House at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Klusman will present a tour on “The Art and History of the U.S. Botanic Garden.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet on the Terrace by the Conservatory entrance, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov/programs.